A true knowledge of the “holy One” will produce a passion to communion with the one we love the most –our Father in heaven.
Our last visit to the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ revealed our need to pray according to a knowledge that produces a high view of God. There is a profound need to grow in the knowledge of our God, which then produces an understanding in your prayer life. When there is a gap between the two – knowledge of God and prayer – we find ourselves at a loss for what to pray for, what it’s really about, and worst of all the desire. A true knowledge of the “holy One” will produce a passion to communion with the one we love the most – our Father in heaven. When we grow in this knowledge – coupled with the working of God’s Spirit – it will have a radical affect on all spiritual disciplines in our life. As we have seen, the Lord’s pray implores us to pray with the knowledge of God, and on the heels of this admonition, it gives insight to one of the most important things you can know about your Father in heaven – hallowed is his name [Matthew 6:5-15, Luke 11:1-13].
Did you know that your Father’s name is holy? Do you proclaim that He is holy? Our Father does not need us to make Him holy by our very declaration of such. He is holy – has always been and will always be. Our Father is pure, just, blameless, and righteous in all the complete meaning of these words. There is none like our God. However, it is a challenge to our own perspective when we pray to God. He is holy, but do we realize the veracity [the complete totality] of God’s holiness when we pray? Within the very names of God is the declaration that our God is holy. Learn the names of God. Study them. Mediate on them. Names have meaning and within the very names of God lay the powerful attribution of His character and ways. We will grow in the knowledge of our God as we learn to identify our God by His names. There will be deepened understanding and our prayer life will be radically changed. We will learn how to pray, what to pray for, and why we pray. Take time to dig into who God is through the names that identify Him. You might be surprised at what you don’t know and how much more you get to know your God.
When viewing the ‘Lord’s Prayer’, we have to remember that it is not a list of what to pray for but how we are to pray. What we pray for must be run through the filter of our Lord’s “model” prayer. Christ wanted us to pray with understanding. Take time to read through and meditate on the model prayer and ask yourself if you are praying Biblically. Let Christ’s mandate on how to pray change you – let it take root, and your prayer life will be radically altered.
Be not moved away,